My Home

I’m blessed. I’m blessed by all the love and support from my family, my friends, my husband and my dog. I’m not trying to make an academy award speech but I’m grateful for them because I wouldn’t be here, alive, and healthy today without each of my gems.I learned that I didn’t have to fight alone….

Part 2: A will to live

I revisited a private and intimate passage from my journal last week – moments before I attempted suicide two years ago. This week, I’ll be continuing this discussion on the broad topic of having a will to live and what it means. I asked a number of questions last week because I wanted us to…

Part 1: A will to live

The fine line between living and dying is your will to live; only you and you alone. Anais Nin summed it up best with this line: You cannot save people. You can only love them. I believe that staying alive is primarily based on your will to live. Of course there are physiological components that will hold you back but…

Unplugging the triggers

In the world of mental health, you hear the word trigger a lot. Specifically, “What’s triggering you?” Triggers are the little dancing devils that control depression, anxiety and all sorts of feelings. Triggers can be anything and everything. It can be a thought, a person, place, or thing. They tug on your heartstrings and provide…

Managing expectations

Here are the perfect ingredients for a bipolar recipe: Depression keeps you sad because you’re stuck in the past. Anxiety begs you constantly to worry about the future. And baby, mania is just a euphoric dreamland where you don’t sleep. Managing expectations of yourself and of others doesn’t eliminate any of these symptoms but at…

Having faith & grace

Losing hope is so easy. I’ve spent so much of my life listening to myself and the friends in my head beating me down. They tell me that the depression and anxiety would never end, and all my efforts were simply worthless. Yet those thoughts hold so much truth; reality has justified and cemented those…

So they said I didn’t look bipolar

Welcome to Light Project Stories. Chasing Yarn had a good run but it’s time for a new adventure. This is a voice for you – for my survivors and strong souls who continue to persevere and manage their own mental health every day. This is for the families and the friends who want to find…